Django Unchained May Be Returning To Chinese Theaters After Further Cuts

Via @remonwangxt
Good news and bad news for those itching to watch Django Unchained. Seeing Red in China reports via China News that it might be returning to mainland China theaters, though likely not in its current form. There have been reports today that Django could be resumed late this month in Chinese theaters, provided that director Tarantino will cut what the Chinese censors ask him to cut. The New York Times elaborates:

Django Unchained Will Not Be Showing In China After All [UPDATE]

Django Unchained censored by SARFT
Django Unchained has officially been pulled out of every mainland Chinese theater. We first reported earlier today that authorities abruptly shut down the movie’s Beijing premiere, but at least those in attendance at the Sanlitun cineplex got to see one minute of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge flick. Elsewhere in China, the movie never made it to... Read more »

Beijing Premiere Of Django Unchained Reportedly Halted One Minute After It Begins, Censors To Blame [UPDATE]

Django Unchanged gets SARFTed
According to Sina Weibo user @血一刀, the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained at the Sanlitun cineplex in Beijing was interrupted just one minute after it began: Staff members came in and said SARFT called and told them to postpone!! Who can tell me what the fuck is going on? @血一刀’s post, from 10:34 am today,... Read more »

Respected Southern Weekly Censor Dies, Leaves Behind Remorseful Confessional

Zeng Li Southern Weekly censor
Three days after retiring, Southern Weekly in-house censor Zeng Li is dead. The story via SCMP: Zeng Li had become a prominent figure during the weekly's protest against censorship in January. His farewell letter has been shared on Weibo thousands of times on Thursday and caused widespread soul-searching about the state of the media in China.

Yan Lianke: China’s version of history has created “amnesic generation”

The East is Read
“I used to assume history and memory would always triumph over temporary aberrations and return to their rightful place,” writes author Yan Lianke in this New York Times op-ed. “It now appears the opposite is true.” China is winnowing memory out of its people, creating an “amnesic generation,” Yan argues. It’s “state-sponsored amnesia,” a phrase... Read more »

At Least One Chinese Journalist Thinks The Country Should Abandon North Korea. He’s Been Suspended

Deng Yuwen suspended for Financial Times column
If you’re a Chinese journalist, writing in English won’t necessarily shield you from the petty decisionmakers and censors in the central organs of China’s bureucracy, as Deng Yuwen can tell you. Writing in the Financial Times on February 27, Deng, the deputy editor of Central Party School-affiliated Study Times, suggested that China should “re-evaluate its longstanding... Read more »

John Lydon Is Controversial, Kraftwerk Is Not; So Why Ban The Latter? On China’s Whimsical Censorship Of Musical Acts

Public Image Ltd (PiL) in Shanghai and Beijing
Ah, music festival season in China. With the balmy climes and fluffy white cottonwood pollen comes the annual rumor mill about which bold-faced recording artists are slated to perform at the summertime’s numerous annual kickoff events, which have been denied performance permits, and general conspiratorial grumblings about why this is and who's to blame.

Two Peng Liyuan Photos Deleted From Chinese Internet, Including One Of Her Serenading Troops In Tiananmen In June 1989

Peng Liyuan singing to troops on Tiananmen in 1989 before crackdown
Peng Liyuan may be unlike other wives of China’s leaders — she’s the country’s first “First Lady,” after all — but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to stray off-message when talking about her. Case in point, the above photo, published by @HKfighter with an accompanying message that was translated Tuesday by China Digital Times:

Country Breakdown Of Social Network Traffic Shows Not Many Countries Besides China Blocks YouTube, Facebook, And Twitter

Social media country breakdown - YouTube
This is interesting. Above, via the bitly blog, is a map showing relative social network usage in countries around the world. The more red a country is, the more clicks. The coloration isn’t at all surprising, considering YouTube has been blocked in China since March 2009. What about Facebook?